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3:15 PM ET, September 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg to reassume leadership of Bloomberg LP; Dan Doctoroff to step down as CEO at year end  —  Michael Bloomberg to Return as Chief of Company He Founded  —  Michael R. Bloomberg will reassume the leadership of his business empire only eight months after ending his final term as mayor of New York.
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vice raises $250M from Technology Crossover Ventures for 10% stake, now valued at over $2.5B  —  Vice Lands 2nd Investment, to Fuel Expansion  —  Vice Media, the rabble-rouser of the news and entertainment business, has landed a pair of investments totaling $500 million to fuel the expansion of its media empire.
Noah Everett / Twitpic Blog:
Twitpic to shut down September 25, citing trademark dispute with Twitter  —  Twitpic is shutting down  —  Twitpic will be shutting down September 25th.  You will be able to export all your photos and videos.  We'll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days.
Eyder Peralta / NPR:
After A 35-Year Run, NPR's Programming Chief Will Retire  —  After almost 35 years at NPR, Ellen McDonnell, the network's executive editor for news programming, is retiring.  —  The network announced her retirement in a memo to staff on Thursday.  —  “Ellen is as much a part of NPR's DNA …
Discussion: Poynter, @niemanlab and
Michael Hirsh / Politico:
Thanks to Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald went from blogging to the big time.  But his stock may be dropping fast  —  For about a year, the global enterprise you might call Glenn Greenwald, Inc. has been taking off like a red-hot app.  The question now is whether the sudden rise of Greenwald …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New Times editor on what his paper owes the reader  —  In the wake of the videotaped beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff at the hands of the jihadist group ISIS, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet weighed in on a debate that has loomed large as footage …
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
YouTube May Be Worth Up to $40 Billion—More Than Twitter  —  Jefferies report projects $8.9 billion in ad sales by 2016  —  YouTube, broken out from Google's overall business, is potentially worth more than Twitter with a valuation up to $40 billion, according to an analysis released today by Jefferies.
Discussion: SocialTimes and Business Insider
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Rdio Moves to Free Music Model to Compete with Spotify and Others  —  In the face of growing competition in the streaming music market, Rdio, a four-year-old service that charges for online subscriptions, has moved into a new phase with abundant free music — as well as free music's ever-present companion, advertising.
Nadia Drake / KSJ Tracker:
Elise Andrew, science popularizer with a spotty attribution record, gets a pass from CJR  —  On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a profile of Elise Andrew, creator of the massively popular Facebook page I F*cking Love Science.  The page posts science curiosities multiple times …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
CNN's ‘Reliable Sources’ moving to New York later this month  —  CNN is moving its Sunday morning media show “Reliable Sources” from Washington, D.C. to New York, host Brian Stelter told Capital.  —  “It looks like September 21st will be the first show here [in New York],” Stelter said in a brief phone interview.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Former HuffPo ME Jimmy Soni investigated for sexual harassment while overseeing Editorial Fellows program  —  Top Huffington Post Editor Was Investigated for Sexual Harassment  —  In May, The Huffington Post announced that 29-year-old managing editor Jimmy Soni would step down to focus …
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
YouTube's biggest star, PewDiePie, is ditching comments.  Blame spam — and trolls.  —  Felix Kjellberg, the millionaire gamer known as “PewDiePie,” celebrated his YouTube channel's 30 millionth subscriber last week by proclaiming that he now had a following “that's more than most countries.”
Discussion: BBC and Mashable
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Getty Images sues Microsoft over new online photo tool  —  (Reuters) - A new Microsoft Corp product that allows website publishers to embed digital photographs on their sites is a “massive infringement” of copyrighted images, Getty Images Inc [GETTY.UL] claimed in a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
To fight online rivals, TV networks scramble for NFL rights while the league expands digital services  —  In Television Deals, NFL Plays by Its Own Rules  —  League Has Huge Leverage as TV Networks Look to Live Games for an Edge Over Online Services  —  At the National Football League's …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
WWD Seeks an Expanded Online Presence and Larger Staff  —  The day after Condé Nast announced last month that it was selling Fairchild Fashion Media for a reported $100 million, the new owner, Jay Penske, held several meetings with staff members of its crown jewel publication, Women's Wear Daily.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
YouTube's Policies Are Clear: Beheading Is Not An Act Of Free Speech  —  Terrorist acts like the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are meant to intimidate American citizens and government officials, but they're also designed to provoke U.S. companies — namely …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
IPC name to disappear as Time Warner rebrands magazine publisher  —  Home of Marie Claire, NME and What's on TV to become Time Inc UK to provide ‘strategic clarity’  —  IPC Media, publisher of magazines including Marie Claire, NME and What's on TV, is to be rebranded as Time Inc UK.
Molly Mulshine / The New York Observer:
Fashion Bloggers Beware: Instagram Grabs the Fastest News and Views at NYFW Now  —  Bryanboy snaps a photo at the Costello Tagliapietra show in 2012.  (Photo via Getty)  —  Remember back in the mid-2000s, when bloggers such as Bryanboy, Tavi Gevinson and Garance Doré threatened …
Trista Bridges / Rude Baguette: beats Netflix to France with soft launch to 10k beta users; movie rentals €.99, purchase €4.99-€9.99  — leapfrogs Netflix by launching this week in France  —  With Netflix launching in France on September 15 with a strategy to not only offer an extensive catalog …
Discussion: Advanced Television
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Invites Children's Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids' Book Creator Software  —  Amazon announced this afternoon that it will be expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing business to support the needs of children's books authors through a new program it's calling “KDP Kids.”
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Pay TV penetration continues to decline as new households don't get cable  —  The number of new homes in the U.S. is growing, but pay TV numbers are not.  People who move are especially prone to cutting the cord.  —  New evidence that cord cutting is happening comes from the Leichtman Research Group …
Discussion: @pbelang
John Wihbey / Journalist's Resource:
Research chat: Sarah Cohen of the New York Times on the state of data journalism and what reporters need to know  —  Sarah Cohen is a leading practitioner and educator in the field of data journalism, and she now serves as both editor of computer-assisted reporting at the New York Times …
Discussion: @chadskelton, @missryley and @dancow
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